Hope Not Hate in Ferryhill
On Saturday, the Hope Not Hate bus rolled into County Durham. Sponsored by groups such as trade unions and the Daily Mirror, it acts as a focal point for campaigners who want to warn of the dangers of voting for the racist BNP.
It was a pleasure to join up with the bus crew, and lots of supporters, first in Spennymoor, and then in Ferryhill Market Place. In Spennymoor, I chatted to residents with local MP Helen Goodman. In Ferryhill, I managed to grab an interview with an old friend Mike Routledge. Mike is a seasoned anti-racist campaigner, as well as a fellow member of the Labour Party's Regional Board.
Then it was on to Hartlepool to knock on doors with Mayoral candidate Chris Simmons, just before the heavens opened...